A long-term denizen of Manhattan, Tony Perrottet is the author of Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists and The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Greek Games. His irreverent yet thoroughly researched approach to history has made him a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside, The Believer, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times, with frequent appearances on NPR radio and the History Channel, where he has discussed everything from the Crusades to the birth of disco.
I have read the book and I would give it to a 16 yr. old to read.
I recommend this read to anyone looking for a great conversational book, a person with a good sense of humor and an interest in historical figures.
As one might guess, the prurient stories are the focus of the book; and since they had the author's full attention, they really are very funny.
Very funny, easy read (finished in 1 day) a new look at historical figures. Many personal facts that are not included in your run of the mill history booksPublished 6 months ago by Judy
I opened this book for the same reason many others have - it has an interesting title. It certainly has a few things going for it. Is it easy to read? Yes. Is it funny? At times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonah H
I appreciated this book the first time around and have been buying these books to give out as presents. Thank youPublished 7 months ago by Sarah V
Tony has a gift, like an infectious smile, only with words. If you want to learn more about history's naughty men and women, Tony's your man. Read morePublished 12 months ago by meme
For some teenagers it is hard to get them to read, get them to read anything and it will grow on them. This book is history but, not your norm. Read morePublished 17 months ago by dtrossga
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice easy read on my 10 hour plane ride. Some of the info I had learned in the past, but some of it was new to me.Published 19 months ago by rapunzl129
Snippets of odd fun unusual history. Just a fun read really but interesting. Light and easy for historians basically. A nice counterpoint to those of us who read heavy history.Published 19 months ago by rebecca bevirt
If someone like history this book is packed full of information most will not know and at the same time they will
find much humor. Read more
This is a fun book to dip into. Unfortunately in the translation to the Kindle edition the "Easy Reference Charts" sprinkled here and there become hard to read/decipherPublished 20 months ago by Marcia T Fountain